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TC Transcontinental Packaging installs high-calibre pollution abatement system at Flexstar plant


The new regenerative thermal Oxidizer at Transcontinental Flexstar.

Montréal, Qué. and Richmond, B.C.—TC Transcontinental Packaging has announced that its Transcontinental Flexstar Richmond, B.C. plant has installed a Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer (RTO), a high-calibre pollution abatement system.

The 50,000 standard cubic feet per minute RTO will capture the plant’s volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and air pollutants emitted from the facility’s various exhaust streams, including from the printing presses, laminators, as well as ink room operations. TC Transcontinental Packaging has invested close to $2-million in this project, allowing Transcontinental Flexstar to improve air quality, both indoors and outdoors.

“One of our goals is to reduce the environmental footprint of our activities, namely by fostering a forward-thinking culture within our business units,” said TC Transcontinental Printing and TC Transcontinental Packaging president Brian Reid. “Air quality is a top concern, and we are always aiming to limit and control air pollutants, both at the source by choosing new products, and through the exhaust systems of our plants, by capturing VOCs. We are pleased with this project at Transcontinental Flexstar.”

Transcontinental Flexstar team and collaborators in the RTO installation.

Transcontinental Flexstar general manager Marc Bray adds, “As part of TC Transcontinental Packaging’s commitment towards compliance and social responsibility, our plant was looking to control and capture VOCs. The installation of this regenerative thermal oxidizer significantly reduces our plant’s emissions by more than 90 per cent. Additionally, we are proud to be the first flexible packaging company in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland to have a system of this caliber.”

Transcontinental Flexstar is part of TC Transcontinental Packaging’s network of 28 plants. Specialized in blown extrusion, printing, lamination and converting, including pouch making and bi-directional laser scoring, for the cereal, confectionery and snack markets, Transcontinental Flexstar services a broad range of customers in North America.

About TC Transcontinental Packaging
TC Transcontinental Packaging, the Packaging Sector of Transcontinental Inc., positions itself as leader in flexible packaging in North America, and also has operations in Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, U.K., China and New Zealand. This sector has over 4,000 employees, the majority of which are based in the U.S. Its platform is comprised of one premedia studio and 28 production plants specializing in extrusion, lamination, printing and converting.
TC Transcontinental Packaging offers a variety of flexible plastic and paper products, including rollstock, bags and pouches, coextruded films, shrink films and bags, and advanced coatings. This sector services a variety of markets, including dairy, coffee, meat and poultry, pet food, agriculture, beverage, confectionery, industrial, consumer products and supermarkets. For more information, visit www.tc.tc.